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専売特許に違背せる物品 infringements on patents

和英字書を編集せるはヘボン博士をもって嚆矢とす。Dr. Hepburn was the first to compile a Japanese-English dictionary.

Is it する・す mizenkei followed by り rentaikei (here), or something else?

  • Where did you get these sentences? – Askar Sep 24 '15 at 5:50
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Yes, they're the 未然形 of す, followed by the 連体形 of the so-called 完了の「り」 in 文語. (It has nothing to do with the causative auxiliary verb せる used today.)

In modern Japanese 口語,

  • 専売特許に違背せる物品 ≒ 専売特許に違反した物品
  • 和英字書を編集せるは… ≒ 和英辞書を編集したは…

Also see this chiebukuro Q&A.

  • Is this usage still contemporary in academic writing or no? I saw lots of this while I was reading 西田幾多郎全集. – virmaior Sep 24 '15 at 6:59
  • @virmaior No, 文語 is not actively used after WWII. – naruto Sep 24 '15 at 13:51

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